Spatially separating Covid from non-Covid
During the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic, crisis management and fast decision-making regarding infrastructural adaptations were key as hospitals faced major challenges while attempting to ensure optimal care. This study aims to gain insight into what spatial adaptations were made, and how these were decided about. The study relies on interviews with and documents from representatives of technical services, facilities and planning departments in six general hospitals in Flanders.
The study is conducted by Margo Annemans, Pleuntje Jellema and Ann Heylighen, and supported by the Industrial Research Fund of KU Leuven.
publications & presentations
- Annemans, M., Jellema, P., Heylighen, A. (2021). Spatial Strategies to Separate COVID from non-COVID Patients within Hospital Building Infrastructure. Presented at the Symposium on the Future of Architecture and Urbanism in the Post-COVID Age, on-line.
Heylighen, A., Annemans, M. (2020). Room for being apart together. Presented at the Existenz - Design for Change: lectures, on-line.
Heylighen, A., Annemans, M., Coomans, K., Jellema, P., Nguyen Lan, P., Pérez Liebergesell, N., Van der Linden, V., Vermeersch, P., Willems, S. (2020). Room for being apart together: How spatial organization affords social interactions across different contexts. Presented at the SENSING SPACES, PERCEIVING PLACE - ANFA 2020 Conference, on-line, 14-25 Sep 2020.
Jellema, P., Annemans, M., Heylighen, A. (2021). Hospitals’ decision-making regarding infrastructural adaptations in response to Covid-19. In: Design Culture(s) - Proceedings of Cumulus Roma, (2289-2301). Presented at the Cumulus Roma - Design Culture(s), Rome, 08-11 Jun 2021.